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Abstract: Young energetic pulsars will likely be the largest class of Galactic sourcesobserved by GLAST, with many hundreds detected. Many will be unknown as radiopulsars, making pulsation detection dependent on radio and-or x-rayobservations or on blind periodicity searches of the gamma-rays. Estimates forthe number of pulsars GLAST will detect in blind searches have ranged from tensto many hundreds. I argue that the number will be near the low end of thisrange, partly due to observations being made in a scanning as opposed to apointing mode. This paper briefly reviews how blind pulsar searches will beconducted using GLAST, what limits these searches, and how the computations andstatistics scale with various parameters.

Autor: Scott M. Ransom NRAO


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